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flying Foxes

A variety of large bat, the flying fox (Q. "ruscor ramaiter") made its home amid brambles or in the tops of dense, partially-submerged trees of the coastal wetlands. They were most common in the marshes and scrublands of the East, although a few smaller varieties made their homes in Near Rhûn and one group lived in southern Eriador.

Unlike most bats, the flying fox throve in daylight, having good eyesight and a refined sense of smell. Using its long snout, it hunted rodents in the scrub and bit wild berries which might elude its more flatfaced cousins.

The flying fox was considered synonymous with evil magic in many areas of eastern Middle-earth.


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